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Keith Harris: We're ready to buy Manchester United from the Glazers

13 Feb 2010 23:32:25

Keith Harris: We're ready to buy Manchester United from the Glazers

City banker Keith Harris is confident funds can be raised to buy theGlazer family out of their ownership of Manchester United by the end ofthe season - but it all depends on the Americans being willing to sell. Harris, the chairman of Seymour Pierce who has engineered buy-outsof Aston Villa, West Ham and Manchester City in recent years, hasbacked the fans' green-and- gold-rebellion, arguing that the Glazers'business plan is unsustainable. He is understood to have backers ready to fund a buy-out, whichwould satisfy the majority of United fans, who currently wear thegreen-and-gold colours of the club's original incarnation, NewtonHeath, as a protest against the Glazers. Keen for buyout: Manchester United fans protest against the Glazers But fans must also show they can hurt the Glazers by boycotting seasonticket sales in the summer. It remains to be seen how many will, and if they do, whether others will replace them. Sources close to the club say that because the Glazers have forced up season-ticket prices, there is currently no waiting list. While a buy-out envisaged by Harris would not achieve the dream of a supporter-owned club, his backers plan to model their approach to the fans on that of Randy Lerner at Villa, an American owner who is revered on the terraces. It will cost more than £1billion to buy out the Glazers, who bought the club for £831million in 2005. Harris has accused them of running down the image of the club, saying recently: 'I'm a huge United fan, but the Glazers are playing with an icon of football, one of the most respected in the world, and it is in danger.' Van der Sar ready to stay at Manchester United for at least another yearForget David Beckham, it's the European Cup we are worried aboutNani's horror tackle on Stiliyan Petrov brings back memores for Martin O'Neill MANCHESTER UNITED FC


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